Perfect Picture Book Friday! Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a funny story.

wolfcampWolf Camp
By Andrea Zuill
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by Schwartz & Wade on May 3, 2016

Theme/Topic- Going to camp / Being your true self

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening:My name is Homer. I am a dog…

but sometimes I am very wolfish.

Synopsis:  Homer is a dog . . . but he also secretly fancies himself part wolf. So when an invitation to attend WOLF CAMP (“Where every dog can live as a wolf for a week”) falls out of his kibble bag one morning, he’s determined to go. After his people finally agree, Homer boards the bus bound for Wolf Camp, along with fellow campers Trixie* and Rex. They’re greeted on the other end by wolf counselors Fang and Grrr (“they seem nice”), and what follows is an array of wolf activities, including learning to howl, mark, and hunt. Of course, Homer’s a little homesick at times, and the food isn’t very good, but that just makes heading home all the sweeter.

*Typo – actually Pixie

What I Thought- This book is pure humor! I like how the illustrations show what is really happening, and the writing tells it from Homer’s perspective. Ms. Zuill has a definite eye for the funny, and it was nice seeing her interpretation of how dogs would live with wolves for a week. The book is a great read-aloud, and would make kids giggle and smile.The illustrations are funny, and have a sort of water-color doodle type of feel. I really enjoyed looking at them.


Homer is a nice character – behaving as most (intelligent) dogs would. This is a great debut!

Activities and Resources- You can visit for some good home-made summer camp activities. The full list is HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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24 replies

  1. This is story looks like a howling good time!. I love the idea of a dog wanting to go wolf camp. Great choice!

  2. I think I’d get this just for the illustrations. Very nice and if it’s funny, even better! I love funny books. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    If you’re looking for recommended kid’s books, click on Susanna Hill’s link given by Erik at the bottom of his post (age ranges are given for each of the hundreds of books listed) 👍😃

  4. I’m always looking for good kid’s books for the grandson. This looks delightful. Thanks for the links too!

  5. Wolf Camp is a great idea. I hope Mom lets me go. Maybe I will learn how to hunt for treats. ….Wait. What?

    Love and licks,

  6. We just read this last week and agree with your review. It is hilarious!

  7. A fantastic idea. The limited illustrations here, are amazing. 🙂

  8. I was so hoping to receive Wolf Camp. I love the cover. I didn’t realize this is a debut. Makes it much sweeter. Still loving your reviews. Summer’s almost here–ready for a school break?

  9. Sounds wonderful; I ordered a copy!

  10. On hold – ready for laughs!

  11. I dig those wacky character designs.

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